I married a list keeper and over the years have picked up on his habit. You would be amazed at the lists we have in our household. My favorite list to compile is one everyone should have of dreams and notions to carry out. I have a lot of things I want to do. Most are more personal than anything else. Nothing dynamic that will set the world on fire or even make the local news. My lists are made up of important stuff to do like roasting a marshmallow till you no longer can see any white just golden brown; go bike riding with my husband on a bike built for two in the rain where he will be in charge of pedaling and I will hold the umbrella over us; picking blueberries with my kids who have never had the pleasure of experiencing a blueberry picking outing!
Yes these are very important things I have on my list to get done someday soon. Then there are things I should do like laundry, grocery shopping, etc. Next are the things I must do like walking our dog, paying our electric bill and so on.
Before any of these lists were manifested though set in stone; written well before my time; still applicable today; is a list of ten things God tells us to do. The Ten Commandments which by the way I heard we all are suppose to know and abide by.
Yikes on the word commandments. I gather that means they are not just suggestions; good ideas; food for thought; negotiable rules; erasable words (they were written in stone); no they are strictly commandments and look Who is giving us them to follow. How can we not take this serious?
The Ten Commandments
- I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of slavery. Worship no gods except Me.
- You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
- Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not kill.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not tell lies against your neighbor.
- You shall not want to take your neighbor’s wife or husband.
- You shall not want to take your neighbor’s possessions.
From Exodus 20:1-17
Quite a notable list there; good news is there is only ten plus they aren’t that terribly hard. Right? God isn’t asking us to do anything bad or out of the ordinary; in fact He is commanding the opposite.
I keep lots of lists. This one is a keeper. Keeping God in one’s heart requires keeping His Commandments.
God be with us as we set out to pursue His list of commands.